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The Best Miami Dolphins Coaches of All Time 

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Updated June 14, 2019 2.4k votes 548 voters 14.3k views 11 items

Throughout their time as a football franchise, the Miami Dolphins have had a variety of coaches, but who is the best Miami Dolphins head coach of all time? We want you to help us answer that question by voting for your favorite Miami Dolphins coaches, keeping stats like Super Bowl wins and playoff runs in mind.

If you told a Dolphins fan that Don Shula wasn't the greatest Miami Dolphins coach of all time, they would probably look at you confused and ask if you know anything about the team's history. Shula led the Dolphins to back-to-back Super Bowl Championships in 1972 and 1973, and is the only head coach to win a Super Bowl with the Dolphins.

Other notable Dolphins head coaches include Dave Wannstedt and Tony Sparano, both of whom helped the Dolphins win the AFC East Division in 2000 and 2008 respectively.

If the Miami Dolphins had a best of all time team, who would coach it? Vote for your favorites below, even if the coach never won a championship with the Miami Dolphins.
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Don Shula is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Miami Dolphins Coaches of All Time
Age: 89

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Grand River, Ohio, USA

Teams: Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Colts

Donald Francis Shula (January 4, 1930 – May 4, 2020)) was an American former professional football coach and player who is best known as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, the team he led to ...more
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Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Miami Dolphins Coaches of All Time
Age: 76

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Port Arthur

Teams: Arkansas Razorbacks football

James William Johnson (born July 16, 1943) is an American football broadcaster and former player, coach, and executive. He served as the head football coach at Oklahoma State ...more

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George Wilson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Miami Dolphins Coaches of All Time
George Wilson Dec. at 68 (1943-2011)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois

George William Wilson, Jr. (May 29, 1943 – August 6, 2011) was an American football player. He played college football at Xavier University and professionally for the American Football League's ...more
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Tony Sparano is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Miami Dolphins Coaches of All Time
Age: 58

Birthplace: West Haven, Connecticut

Anthony Joseph Sparano III (October 7, 1961 – July 22, 2018) was an American football coach. He served as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders of the National Football League ...more
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Dave Wannstedt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Miami Dolphins Coaches of All Time
Age: 67

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Baldwin, Pennsylvania

Teams: Green Bay Packers

Dave Wannstedt (born May 21, 1952) is a former American football coach. He has been the head coach of the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He was also the head ...more
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Todd Bowles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Miami Dolphins Coaches of All Time
Age: 56

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey

Todd Robert Bowles (born November 18, 1963) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL), as well as a former ...more
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Adam Gase is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Miami Dolphins Coaches of All Time
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Nick Saban is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Miami Dolphins Coaches of All Time
Age: 68

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Fairmont, West Virginia, United States of America

Teams: Kent State Golden Flashes football

Nicholas Lou Saban Jr. (; born October 31, 1951) is an American football coach who has been the head football coach at the University of Alabama since 2007. Saban previously served as head coach ...more

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Jim Bates is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Miami Dolphins Coaches of All Time
Jim Bates Age: 73

Nationality: United States of America

Jim Bates (born May 31, 1946) is a former American football coach in the National Football League, most recently serving as defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He primarily ran a ...more
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Joe Philbin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Miami Dolphins Coaches of All Time
Age: 58

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts

Joseph Anthony Philbin (born July 2, 1961) is an American football coach. He was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, a position he held from 2012 to 2015. Philbin was also the offensive ...more
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Cam Cameron is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Miami Dolphins Coaches of All Time
Age: 58

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Malcolm Cameron (born February 6, 1961) is an American football coach. He is the former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the LSU Tigers football program. Cameron attended Indiana ...more